Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on December 4, 2019
A major announcement from the Vatican is anticipated to shake up the future of the Buffalo Diocese today.
Vatican officials are expected to announce the resignation of Bishop Richard Malone according to the Buffalo News.
Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger will likely be appointed as apostolic administrator if Malone steps down and will lead the Buffalo Diocese until a permanent replacement has been selected.
Malone has been highly criticized and pushed to resign in recent months due to his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Diocese.
Batavia’s part-time City Court Judge is moving into his full time position on Dec 20th.
The City’s current part-time Judge Durin Rogers will be sworn in as Batavia’s full time City Court Justice after being elected last month in one of the most contentious races locally.
The Batavia City Council will appoint a new part-time judge. The council is meeting in executive session this Friday to discuss the appointment.
Complaints from WNY Republicans over a special election date for the empty 27th Congressional District seat has drawn response from Governor Cuomo.
The governor said during an appearance in Buffalo yesterday that he is looking to hold the special election on April 28th the same day as New York’s presidential primary.
Republicans say that date could put their candidate at a disadvantage as there would be a heavy Democratic turnout.
Yesterday, the governor said if the GOP wants to pay for the election to be earlier, they can.
The 27th District seat has been open since ex-Republican Congressman Chris Collins resigned after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges.
Fans of the Buffalo Bills can start grabbing their wallets tomorrow to purchase playoff tickets.
Even though the Bills haven’t officially clinched a postseason spot, a new NFL rule requires teams to make playoff tickets not held by season ticket holders available tomorrow.
It’s important to note, there’s no guarantee the Bills will actually play at New Era Field.
For wild-card and division playoff games, regular seats will cost 65 to 164 dollars each.
Tickets for the AFC Championship game will 140 to 230 bucks each for a regular seat.
If the Bills don’t make the playoffs or if there’s no chance they’ll play a home game, purchases will be refunded.
After years off the shelves, “Flutie Flakes” are set to make a comeback.
Starting next week, the cereal will be available for purchase at Wegmans stores in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.
Proceeds will benefit the Doug Flutie Junior Foundation for Autism.
“Flutie Flakes” debuted in 1998 while Flutie played quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
Over two million boxes of the cereal were sold.
Flutie will also be honored before the Bills play the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field Sunday.